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Family-Friendly Events in Lakeland + Polk County

Lakeland Mom has the most comprehensive list of events for kids and families in Lakeland, Florida and Polk County, Florida! Our calendar includes free events and inexpensive activities, as well as special seasonal events. Prefer to see activities for a specific holiday? Check out our Fall + Halloween Guide, Spring Guide, Summer Guide, or our Christmas + Holiday Guide for a huge list of seasonal activities.

DISCLAIMER: While we work hard to keep our calendar updated, we encourage you to check directly with original sources for any last-minute changes or cancellations. All events include a link to the event organizer. The inclusion of an event does not reflect compliance with current safety precautions, please check directly with event organizers for current mask requirements and safety protocols.

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Fun Things to Do in Lakeland + Polk County

Featured Events

The Nutcracker

Russian Ballet Orlando and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra make history as they present the classic story of The Nutcracker. Clara, Drosselmeyer, and the Mouse King come to life in this holiday favorite. Spectacular dancing and beautiful costumes will transport you to the Land of the Sweets and bring this holiday classic to life. The rich, melodic score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will be played live by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra on December 12th at 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm. This traditional ballet is sure to bring life and warmth to your holiday season!

Saturday, December 11 @ 6 PM
Sunday, December 12 @ 1 PM with the Orlando Philharmonic
Sunday, December 12 @ 5 PM with the Orlando Philharmonic
The Polk Theatre in Lakeland

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SUN ‘n FUN Holiday Fly-In Festival and Car Show

Kick off the holiday season with outdoor fun at a BRAND NEW event that started in 2020 – the SUN ‘n FUN Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show. This new experience at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus is an opportunity to spend the day outside and enjoy airplane displays, a car show, airplane rides, exhibitors, food vendors, aerial demonstrations, hot air balloons, kids’ activities, monster truck rides, BMX TrickStars, and more. SANTA even has special clearance to fly in on Saturday!

Friday, December 3
Saturday, December 4
SUN 'n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland

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Upcoming Lakeland Magic Games

Join the Lakeland Magic for the 2021-22 season. You'll enjoy family fun, activities for kids, and a high-energy basketball game. Tickets start at only $10 per person and there are 1000+ giveaways at every game!

Tuesday, December 14 - Devin Cannady MVP Bobblehead Giveaway
Thursday, December 16 - Holiday Party + Ornament Giveaway
Tuesday, December 28 - Star Wars Night + Light-Up Saber Giveaway
Thursday, December 30 - Giveaway TBD

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More Featured Events

2021sat04dec7:00 am5:00 pmFeaturedSUN 'n FUN Holiday Fly-In Festival and Car Show7:00 am - 5:00 pm SUN 'n FUN Campus Event Organized By: SUN 'n FUN Event Category:Family Fun – Community Events,SantaHoliday / Season:ChristmasPrice:$12/person - Free for 12 and under

2021wed08dec12:30 pm1:30 pmFeaturedBreastfeeding Support Group (Virtual)12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Virtual Event Event Organized By: Lakeland Regional Health Event Category:Support + Social GroupsPrice:Free

2021sat11dec6:00 pm8:00 pmFeaturedThe Nutcracker Ballet - Russian Ballet Orlando with the Orlando Philharmonic6:00 pm - 8:00 pm The Polk Theatre Event Organized By: Russian Ballet Orlando Event Category:Family Fun – Community Events,Music, Theater + Live PerformancesHoliday / Season:ChristmasPrice:$37 - 97

2021sun12dec1:00 pm3:00 pmFeaturedThe Nutcracker Ballet - Russian Ballet Orlando with the Orlando Philharmonic1:00 pm - 3:00 pm The Polk Theatre Event Organized By: Russian Ballet Orlando Event Category:Family Fun – Community Events,Music, Theater + Live PerformancesHoliday / Season:ChristmasPrice:$37 - 97

2021sun12dec5:00 pm7:00 pmFeaturedThe Nutcracker Ballet - Russian Ballet Orlando with the Orlando Philharmonic5:00 pm - 7:00 pm The Polk Theatre Event Organized By: Russian Ballet Orlando Event Category:Family Fun – Community Events,Music, Theater + Live PerformancesHoliday / Season:ChristmasPrice:$37 - 97

2021wed15dec5:30 pm6:30 pmFeaturedPost-Partum Essentials Class with Lakeland Regional Health (Virtual)5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Virtual Event Event Organized By: Lakeland Regional Health Event Category:Support + Social GroupsPrice:Free

2021wed22dec12:30 pm1:30 pmFeaturedBreastfeeding Support Group (Virtual)12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Virtual Event Event Organized By: Lakeland Regional Health Event Category:Support + Social GroupsPrice:Free

Events in Lakeland + Polk County

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